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12/02/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Silver Bells

“When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet
voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-
forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(05 Nov 1850 - 30 Oct 1919)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Sometimes I try to bring you new and obscure Christmas carols and songs.  This year I decided to find comfort in the old and familiar.

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stEjTFMb940 - Silver Bells - Jim Reeves

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkylgZFT_CM - Silver Bells - Dean Martin

BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS-MPx06Mm8 - Silver Bells - Johnny Mathis

BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2icfjEPA6U - Silver Bells - Andy Williams

BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djfgoGAEU4E - Silver Bells - John Denver

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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Bells:

"Silver Bells" is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.

"Silver Bells" was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951.[1] The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released by Decca Records in October 1950.[2] After the Crosby and Richards recording became popular, Hope and Maxwell were called back in late 1950 to refilm a more elaborate production of the song.[1]

"Silver Bells" started out as the questionable "Tinkle Bells." Said Evans, "We never thought that tinkle had a double meaning until Jay went home and his [first] wife said, 'Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?'" The word is child's slang for urination.

This song's inspiration has conflicting reports. Several periodicals and interviews cite the writer Jay Livingston stating that the song inspiration came from by the bells used by Santa Clauses and Salvation Army people on New York City street corners. [3][4][5] However, an interview with co-writer Ray Evans to NPR said that the song was inspired by a bell that sat on Ray and Jay's shared office desk.[6]

The song charted in the United Kingdom for the first time in 2009 when a duet by Sir Terry Wogan and Aled Jones recorded for charity reached the Top 40, peaking at no. 27.[7]

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THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to    Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late  Barbara Nell Howard Floyd ('67) (deceased 10/01/88)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - William D. Dangler ('57) of VA AND    Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA;

05 - Eugene Peters ('57) AND the late    Gene Peters ('57) (deceased - 07/24/09) AND        Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA;

06 - Frances Scheinman Berkman ('57);

07 -   Jay Styles ('68) of VA AND  Janice Pratt McGrew (Hampton HS - '67) of VA AND    Tim Parsons ('73) of VA;

09 - Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!

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THIS DAY IN WWII:

December 2, 1942 - Manhattan Project: A team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

December 2, 1943 - A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.

   AND.....

         From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 11/30/10 - "Camp Patrick Henry activated"

Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation (HRPE) General Order #1 was issued on December 2, 1942, formally activating Camp Patrick Henry.
 
Carved out of 1,700 acres of thick woodland in what was once rural Warwick County, the rough-hewn camp was located along the C&O railroad line, fourteen miles northwest of the piers in Newport News. Camp Patrick Henry was essentially a city; albeit a temporary and decidedly military one. At the height of activity there, the staff included 350 officers, 2,300 enlisted men, 175 WAC's and 1,100 civilian employees. 
 
 
The camp's initial mission was to house, feed, process and entertain troops heading overseas through HRPE. By the end of World War II, the number of men and women who passed through the camp and then went overseas totaled 1,412,107.
 
 
During 1944, some 2,300 German prisoners-of-war and 185 Italian Service Unit personnel worked at the camp, doing KP, grounds' keeping and maintenance work so that American soldiers would not have to do such menial duties. 
 
 
After the war ended, the process was reversed. The total number of troops that came home and were processed back into civilian life at Camp Patrick Henry reached 697,341.
 
 
The camp was deactivated in early 1946, and the land was sold for commercial development in 1949. A sizable part of the property became Patrick Henry Airport.  
 
Today, many other commercial entities are located on the grounds of what once was this vital part of the HRPE operations during World War II.
 

 
   WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Bill!

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THIS DAY IN 1963:

Monday, December 02, 1963 - Actor Dan Gauthier was born Daniel Lester Gauthier in Prineville, Oregon.

Monday, December 02, 1963 - Author Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California.

Monday, December 02, 1963 - Ice hockey player Rich Sutter was born in Viking, Alberta, Canada.

Monday, December 02, 1963 - Ice hockey player Ron Sutter was born in Viking, Alberta, Canada.

Monday, December 02, 1963 - Actor Brendan Coyle was born in Gampaha, Dominion of Ceylon.

Monday, December 02, 1963 - Actor Sabu Dastagir (b. Sabu Dastagir on 27 Jan 1924 in Karapur, Mysore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India) died of a heart attack in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California at the age of 39.

Monday, December 02, 1963 - Runner Thomas Hicks (b. Thomas John Hicks on 11 Jan 1876 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) died at the age of 87.

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  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 12/01/13 - "The chicken gun, a true story":

Too funny not to share…sometimes it does take a rocket scientist!

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the Space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers. When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the U.S scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo --
"Defrost the chicken." (True Story)

   Thank you, Ruthie!

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      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/07/13 - "A Bunch of Ponder Worthies (in pic. form)" (#2 in a series of 14)":

  Thanks, Shari!
 
 

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BONUS CRAFT PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related):

http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-simple-star-coaster.html - Aurora Suominen's My Simple Star Coaster

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elf-slippers-4 - K J Hay's Elf Slippers

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BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):

http://www.mrfood.com/Bar-Cookies/Easy-Pecan-Pie-Bars/ml/1 - Easy Pecan Pie Bars - "Pecan pie lovers, rejoice! Now you can get your favorite taste in bar cookie form. That's right, these little wonders taste just like bite-sized pecan pies!"

http://www.mrfood.com/Potatoes-Rice/Sweet-Potato-Crowns/ml/1 - Sweet Potato Crowns - "They taste delicious, so why not treat your gang royally with our Sweet Potato Crowns? If you're looking for a change-of-pace go-along that teams with lots of your favorite main dishes, this is a must-try."

http://www.mrfood.com/Appetizers/Bread-Bowl-Dip-1352/ml/1 - Bread Bowl Dip - "For years we've been sharing recipes that your gang eats up. With this one, we betcha they'll even eat the 'bowl' it's served in!"

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FINALLY:
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/01/13:
 
Q: Did you hear about the fire in the bakery?

A: It burned 20 cakes and 30 loaves of bread, and there were plenty of hot cross buns!

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DATES TO REMEMBER:
1.Thursday, December 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.  

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PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/09/12

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11

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Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


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Silver Bells

Words and Music by Jay Livingston (28 Mar 1915 – 17 Oct 2001) and Ray Evans (04 Feb 1915 – 15 Feb 2007)


Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you'll hear

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

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"Silver Bells" midi courtesy of http://www.christiananswers.net/midimenu.html - 12/02/05

"Silver Bells" lyrics courtesy of http://washingtonmo.com/christmas/lyric/1043.htm - 12/02/05

"Silver Bells" Image ("Do you remember these?" posted by southernbelle104u)
courtesy of http://community.webshots.com/photo/90941512/90945125VTlqnJ - 12/02/05

Silver Bells with Red Bow clip art used to form Divider line courtesy
of http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/2132/Christmas/bells.html
- 12/02/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of
http://www.hamptonhigh1964.com - 02/17/09

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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